Transport Committee calls for tougher driving test to help ease congestion
A more rigorous driving test is one of the measures proposed by the Transport Committee to reduce road congestion.
A new Transport Committee report, ‘Out of the jam: reducing congestion on our roads’ which was published earlier today (15/09/11), examines options for reducing congestion without road building or road pricing. Greater use of real-time information systems and better co-ordination between road management authorities are also put forward as affordable solutions.
Louise Ellman, Transport Committee chair, said: “Congestion costs the economy billions of pounds each year. Improving the way we manage road space so that the network runs more smoothly is vital to the prosperity of the nation. Pursuing this challenge should form a key plank of central Government transport policy.
"The DfT cannot simply devolve all responsibility for managing the road network to individual Highway Authorities. These organisations have a key role and duty for managing their local networks, but the DfT should actively support them in working together closely to fulfil that duty.
"More must be done to improve driver behaviour and road safety through better understanding of and adherence to the Highway Code.
"Ministers must also clarify who is responsible for warning road users about impending congestion and work with the transport industry and authorities to increase the availability of such information to drivers through greater use of existing, successful 'intelligent traffic management' systems across local authority boundaries.”
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